Rahma Heart Clinic (RHC) is a 501 c(3), non-profit, free, cardiology community clinic. Established in November 2018, RHC aims to deliver high quality cardiovascular care and diagnostic services to patients who are uninsured, underinsured or uninsurable. We believe this will help reduce some of the disparities in access to health care for disadvantaged communities while potentially saving hospital systems millions of dollars annually. RHC with its unique and innovative model strives to provide education and care to patients either struggling with risk factors (such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc.) or already have various forms of heart diseases including but not limited to, coronary artery disease (CAD), congestive heart failure (CHF), valvular heart diseases, and various forms of cardiac rhythm disorders.
While there are countless free, primary care clinics, the idea of establishing a charitable cardiology clinic to help provide free diagnostic cardiac care to the uninsured and indigent population is very unique and currently does not exist in the U.S. This is because cardiovascular testing is expensive, delivery of quality cardiac care is unaffordable and such models are often unsustainable.
When uninsured patients experience acute symptoms, they are faced with the choice of either visiting the emergency room or neglect their care, choosing to pay for rent and food over unaffordable health care costs. This can have catastrophic results including heart attacks, heart failure, stroke and death. For those who survive and seek emergency care, the financial burden is immense.
Heart disease is large preventable. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease in the US. Some people’s first sign of CAD is a heart attack. Preventing CAD begins with control of hypertension, preventing and treating elevated cholesterol levels and control of diabetes: this is easily possible for anyone under the care of a physician. For the uninsured, these easily controllable risk factors remain uncontrolled, resulting in progression of heart disease with often serious implications on health and life. When faced with the need for more advanced testing to diagnose CAD, the uninsured face a significant barrier to seeking care.
By providing free consultation and essential diagnostic services at Rahma Heart clinic, our goals are to:
We hope to make a difference. One life at a time. Please support us in our work.
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